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Chambers of Marcus Taverner QC

15 ESSEX STREET, LONDON, WC2R 3AA, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7544 2600
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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Still the β€˜go-to set for construction-related disputes’ at home and abroad, Keating Chambers has β€˜great strength and depth’ and β€˜is clearly at the top of its game’, especially when it comes to public procurement matters. β€˜From pupils to QCs they have all been very quick to pick up highly specialist technical issues, as well as being down to earth and easy to work with,’ said one solicitor. Led by a β€˜simply excellent’ chief executive and director of clerking, Declan Redmond, and β€˜forward-looking’ business development director Holly Gavaghan, the β€˜very professional’ clerking team is β€˜always on hand to help with availability or fee issues’. Deputy senior clerk Rob Cowup and senior practice manager James Luxmoore are β€˜efficient yet also flexible and very easy to deal with’. Will Shrubsall is also β€˜particularly good’. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

Keating Chambers has a particular strength in construction disputes, with connections to jurisdictions across Asia Pacific including Australia. Declan Redmond is the director of clerking.

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London Bar

Construction
Construction – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Keating Chambers

Both senior and junior members of Keating Chambers constitute a β€˜formidable line-up’. In the Supreme Court case of MT HΓΈjgaard v E.ON Climate & Renewables UK Robin Rigg East Limited, John Marrin QC and Paul Buckingham acted for successful appellants in a case concerning the fitness for purpose of an offshore wind farm; E.ON was awarded €26.25m.

Construction – Leading silks

Marcus Taverner QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Oozes authority and commands respect. A brilliant advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alexander Nissen QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Very intelligent, his advice is cautious and he avoids over-optimistic hyperbole.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Constable QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A fantastic strategical mind and a superb advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Thomas QC - Keating Chambers β€˜He has the ability to cope with tight timelines while providing excellent service.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Harding QC - Keating Chambers β€˜'Intellectually outstanding, one of the leading Silks for large and complex construction cases with a Middle East flavour.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Hughes QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Excellent advocacy and cross-examination skills and strategy.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adrian Williamson QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Cuts through to the key issues, no nonsense.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jane Lemon QC - Keating Chambers β€˜'Extremely impressive depth of knowledge, with a pragmatic and commercial approach to complex construction issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Thomas QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Adjudication specialist with wide experience in major infrastructure projects.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Marrin QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A doyen of the international construction Bar and an international construction arbitrator of great skill and experience.’

Ranked: tier 4

Marc Rowlands QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Superb, excellent client service, responsive and goes that extra mile.’

Ranked: tier 4

Philip Boulding QC - Keating Chambers β€˜One of the hardest working silks you will find: rolls up his sleeves, knows the arbitrators, and can accurately predict where you will end up.’

Ranked: tier 4

Piers Stansfield QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Piers really gets into the details of a case, understands the technical complexities and applies flawless logic and first-rate legal analysis.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Hannaford QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Strong analytical skills and ability to deal with the fine details of complex and large cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Fionnuala McCredie QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Endless enthusiasm and patience allied to a very keen commercial understanding of the industry and the legal challenges it faces.’

Ranked: tier 5

Justin Mort QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A powerful intellect, works incredibly hard and is a forceful advocate in oral argument.’

Ranked: tier 5

Simon Hargreaves QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Straight forward and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 5

Vincent Moran QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Great analysis, commitment, responsiveness and accessibility.’

Ranked: tier 5
Construction – 2018 silks

Jonathan Selby - Keating Chambers β€˜He shows grit and determination and is very good at cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lucy Garrett - Keating Chambers β€˜A real fighter; her drafting is excellent, has superb knowledge, and brilliant manner with experts.’

Ranked: tier 1
Construction – Leading juniors

Calum Lamont - Keating Chambers β€˜Quick and bright, incredibly thorough and very good drafting.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Buckingham - Keating Chambers β€˜Works on a range of contentious construction and engineering matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

Samuel Townend - Keating Chambers β€˜Extremely knowledgeable about all areas of construction law, is very responsive and proactive.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jennie Wild - Keating Chambers β€˜Senior beyond her years: very methodical in her approach and meticulous in preparation.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Coplin - Keating Chambers β€˜With a mastery of detail and a pleasure to work with, he constantly thinks through problems laterally to try to come up with solutions.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Owen - Keating Chambers β€˜Extremely hardworking and has an excellent technical knowledge of construction law and civil procedure.’

Ranked: tier 3

Abdul Jinadu - Keating Chambers β€˜An adjudication specialist, he has extensive experience of the Court of Appeal, often unled.’

Ranked: tier 4

Gideon Scott Holland - Keating Chambers β€˜Thoughtful and thorough, with very good all-round knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 4

Gaynor Chambers - Keating Chambers β€˜Knows the water and wastewater industries like the back of her hand, she is a real grafter; very smart and maintains a great sense of humour.’

Ranked: tier 4

Krista Lee - Keating Chambers β€˜Very incisive manner, forthright at putting forward string opinions, and has excellent judgement.’

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Bury - Keating Chambers β€˜Really excellent, user friendly and comes across as relaxed even when the pressure is at its greatest.’

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Evans - Keating Chambers β€˜Recommended for construction-related professional negligence work.’

Ranked: tier 4

Thomas Lazur - Keating Chambers β€˜He boasts impressive instructions on major infrastructure projects, both domestically and internationally.’

Ranked: tier 4

William Webb - Keating Chambers β€˜Hardworking, clever, responsive and decisive.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Energy – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Keating Chambers

Keating Chambers is a β€˜uniformly excellent’ set: its β€˜knowledge and experience of construction-related energy matters is second to none’, and its barristers are β€˜responsive, approachable and able to work as part of a team’. It covers a wide range of energy matters: Alexander Nissen QC acted for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in a damages case brought by Energy Solutions, and Paul Buckingham represented E.ON Climate & Renewables UK Robin Rigg in a case against MT HΓΈjgaard regarding defective grouted connections at an offshore wind farm. Lucy Garrett QC took silk in 2018.

Energy – Leading silks

Adam Constable QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Really good – gets the pick of energy construction disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3

Marcus Taverner QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Incredibly hardworking, consistently energetic, and rightly regarded as a doyen of the construction sector.’

Ranked: tier 3

Veronique Buehrlen QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Thorough and good to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Nissen QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Brilliantly analytical, thoughtful.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Thomas QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A flawless performer – fantastic on his feet. A joy to work with, and always prepared to roll up his sleeves.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Lee QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Meticulous, hardworking and very good at explaining difficult concepts to lay clients; a really deep thinker.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Hughes QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A brilliant advocate. Very clever, very hardworking and very client-focused.’

Ranked: tier 4
Energy – 2018 silks

Lucy Garrett QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Incredibly well-regarded by senior silks.’

Ranked: tier 1
Energy – Leading juniors

Paul Buckingham - Keating Chambers β€˜Assimilates and recalls information at a very detailed level; uses his engineering background to offer practical, creative advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Bury - Keating Chambers β€˜Shows judgement and ability far beyond his year of call.’

Ranked: tier 4

Peter Brogden - Keating Chambers β€˜An impressive and very capable junior with an eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Samuel Townend - Keating Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate – never fails to impress.’

Ranked: tier 4

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International arbitration: arbitrators
International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Keating Chambers

Keating Chambers has few rivals when it comes to arbitrators experienced in major construction and infrastructure disputes.

International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

Robert Gaitskell QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Without doubt one of the most sought after and experienced construction arbitrators.’

John Uff QC - Keating Chambers β€˜An excellent chair for engineering and construction disputes.’

John Marrin QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A good, pleasant and cerebral chair; very hardworking and diligent.’

Richard Fernyhough QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A leading choice for chairing construction and infrastructure arbitrations.’

Richard Harding QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Has a deep knowledge of Middle Eastern culture and law, as well as being fluent in Arabic.’

Stephen Furst QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for construction arbitrations.’

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Keating Chambers

Keating Chambers has β€˜excellent strength in depth and a stable of excellent construction barristers, including top-notch silks’. The barristers are β€˜very quick to pick up highly specialist technical issues, as well as being down to earth and easy to work with’. The set’s members can regularly be found on major disputes emanating from the Middle East and Asia.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Marcus Taverner QC - Keating Chambers β€˜At the top of his game.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Furst QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Has a very forceful disposition and is a very assiduous advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Constable QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Terrific at cutting through the complicated and is fantastic on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Thomas QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Very detail oriented and accurate in what he delivers, and his legal analysis is first rate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Hughes QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Very clever, a brilliant advocate and very hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 3

Veronique Buehrlen QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Thorough and good to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Harding QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A highly competent international construction advocate and arbitrator.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – 2018 silks

Lucy Garrett QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Robust and confident and a very good advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Calum Lamont - Keating Chambers β€˜Very user friendly, easy to work with and decisive.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Keating Chambers

Keating Chambers is a β€˜leading set for construction-related professional negligence cases’ and barristers are β€˜always accessible’. Technology cases are also a key area of expertise. Calum Lamont is acting against Adam Constable QC in a Β£20m dispute relating to a defective glazing system in a commercial property in the City of London. Simon Hargreaves QC is leading Jonathan Selby QC in the ongoing litigation relating to issues with the faΓ§ade of Selfridges in Birmingham.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Marcus Taverner QC - Keating Chambers β€˜One of the best on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alexander Nissen QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Has an ability to be well-prepared in a short period of time.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adrian Williamson QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Experienced in construction and engineering cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Constable QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Hardworking and provides clear, client-friendly and commercial advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Marrin QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Experienced in construction, engineering and energy cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Hargreaves QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Has an authoritative but engaging manner.’

Ranked: tier 4

Vincent Moran QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Combines considerable legal knowledge and instinct with a hardworking ethic and a down-to-earth approach.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – 2018 silks

Jonathan Selby QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Great with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lucy Garrett QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Fantastic experience.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – leading juniors

Krista Lee - Keating Chambers β€˜Very thorough.’

Ranked: tier 4

Calum Lamont - Keating Chambers β€˜Incredibly thorough.’

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Coplin - Keating Chambers β€˜He is very thorough.’

Ranked: tier 5

Samuel Townend - Keating Chambers β€˜Excellent on construction-related cases.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Public procurement
Public procurement – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Keating Chambers

Keating Chambers β€˜impresses with the broad range of subject areas it can deal with’. Sarah Hannaford QC acted for Alstom in an action against London Underground and Transport for London concerning the procurement for the supply of a new traction system for the central line. She also acted for HS2, leading Simon Taylor in a challenge to the pre-qualification stage of the high-speed railway’s procurement of rolling stock. It combines expertise in EU and competition law with procurement and State Aid advice.

Public procurement – Leading silks

Sarah Hannaford QC - Keating Chambers β€˜She is fabulous on her feet, great with clients and gets to the heart of the issue with speed.’

Ranked: tier 1

Fionnuala McCredie QC - Keating Chambers β€˜On the ball; knows her stuff; and is great to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2
Public procurement – Leading juniors

Simon Taylor - Keating Chambers β€˜Very experienced with complex cases, including large scale contracts and procurement.’

Ranked: tier 2

Calum Lamont - Keating Chambers β€˜He is a very able junior and is very helpful and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Gollancz - Keating Chambers β€˜He did a good job of explaining the basics of procurement law and how it related to others.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Still the β€˜go-to set for construction-related disputes’ at home and abroad, Keating Chambers has β€˜great strength and depth’ and β€˜is clearly at the top of its game’, especially when it comes to public procurement matters. β€˜From pupils to QCs they have all been very quick to pick up highly specialist technical issues, as well as being down to earth and easy to work with,’ said one solicitor. Led by a β€˜simply excellent’ chief executive and director of clerking, Declan Redmond, and β€˜forward-looking’ business development director Holly Gavaghan, the β€˜very professional’ clerking team is β€˜always on hand to help with availability or fee issues’. Deputy senior clerk Rob Cowup and senior practice manager James Luxmoore are β€˜efficient yet also flexible and very easy to deal with’. Will Shrubsall is also β€˜particularly good’. Offices in: London

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading silks

Adam Constable QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A first-rate advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5
Shipping – Leading juniors

Thomas Lazur - Keating Chambers β€˜Very able.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Construction

Keating Chambers is β€˜one of the leading sets in this area’; β€˜very few offer the breadth and depth of construction expertise’. Members have an Asian footprint extending across Hong Kong, South-East Asia and Australia. Philip Boulding QC is a key name for Hong Kong work, and the set also includes the South Australian-qualified Robert Fenwick Elliott, who represented CH2M Hill in several pieces of Northern Territory litigation regarding the 890km Ichthys liquefied natural gas pipeline project.

Construction – Leading silks

Dr Robert Gaitskell QC - Keating Chambers β€˜He is without doubt one of the premier construction arbitrators in the world.’

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Boulding QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A popular choice for Hong Kong construction disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Thomas QC - Keating Chambers β€˜A popular choice for Asian contractors.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jane Lemon QC - Keating Chambers β€˜She appears in Hong Kong disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Marcus Taverner QC - Keating Chambers β€˜Active in Australian energy infrastructure disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2
Construction – Leading juniors

Robert Fenwick Elliott - Keating Chambers β€˜Technically very strong, with very good depth of knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 1

Samuel Townend - Keating Chambers β€˜Instructed in Australian dredging and construction cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

Keating Chambers has a particular strength in construction disputes, with connections to jurisdictions across Asia Pacific including Australia. Declan Redmond is the director of clerking.

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